Managing water resources in the face of increasing pressure from the impacts of climate change and urbanisation is a key to the liveability and sustainability of our cities and communities, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today as he launched the Australian Water Association’s Water Matters conference in Canberra.
Organised by the local ACT Branch, the conference theme, “Rethinking Urban Water Management”, will bring important and topical issues of urban water management in the ACT to the forefront. It will canvas the many pressures associated with urban development, including increasing loads of sediment and nutrients and also reflect on the implications degrading water quality has on our community.
“The ACT sits in and interacts with a unique environment, being the largest urban development in the Murray Darling Basin,” Mr Corbell said.
The conference will explore and draw on potential solutions from national and international experience.
“The effects of urbanisation and the impacts of climate change will affect water use and water quality in particular.
“This conference is a great opportunity to hear what the latest research is telling us and how the territory can rethink urban water management into the future.”
Latest information and scientific research on projects as well as initiatives being implemented to deal with pressures on water quality and water reuse will be shared throughout the conference.
Challenges that the ACT faces, including the urban water planning system and the water quality of ACT lakes and waterways, what is happening elsewhere from across Australia, Asia and Europe and framing a new water management paradigm are among the topics covered.
“The ACT government is committed to improving our water quality and undertaking significant initiatives for the territory’s water management,” Mr Corbell said.